MindShift recently quoted Mary Helen Immordino-Yang in an article by Katrina Schwartz titled, “How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning.” Immordino-Yang said that social and emotional reactions to learning affect one’s ability to learn and be creative.
“Help kids know how to make meaning and sense of what they are learning so they can see who they are,” Immordino-Yang said. “Creativity is just an extension of that.” She gave the example of her young daughter who wrote a song about loving her young brother, but the imagery in the song incorporated space, planets, and the galaxy. She had just learned about those concepts, but in order to really understand their significance, she needed to express them within the totally understood and emotional space of family love. Allowing kids the space for the interplay between the emotional and cognitive spaces will benefit the long-term learner.